Lauren Salay

Vice President

Lauren is a born-and-bred agency account manager with a diverse portfolio of past clients, ranging from natural hazard scientists, doctors, and financial advisers to nonprofits, foundations, and federal government agencies. She’s been in the trenches designing and implementing communications strategies for private- and public-sector companies in a long list of industries, but she landed at Hager Sharp on a mission to follow her passion and use her PR skills to make a difference in the world.

As a vice president at Hager Sharp, Lauren leads integrated marketing and communications initiatives for a variety of clients in both the education and health practices. Supporting a number of different teams and projects, no day is the same in Lauren’s world and could include anything from organizing a panel event on how to increase access to education and training beyond high school for media and key stakeholders in higher education, to designing a promotional strategy for a national women’s health observance, to developing health education content for web-based tools to help older adults prevent type 2 diabetes. Whatever she’s doing, she’s proud to be working with her fellow Hager Sharpers to help people live healthier, happier, and safer lives.

Though her top skills include communications planning, message development, and media relations, Lauren is a writer and editor at heart. In fact, she’s never met a red pen she didn’t like—a trait she credits to her father, a courtroom stenographer who let her sit on his lap as a little girl to help proofread his transcripts “for fun.” She is always looking for compelling ways to connect a client’s message to their target audience through clear, interesting, and meaningful content.

Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in communications and business from the University of Pittsburgh.

Lauren is a lover of hard copy, chilly weather, yoga, and travel, with a passion for positive social change. A Pittsburgh native, she can be caught daydreaming of pierogis, Pamela’s Diner, and Penguins hockey.